Giz Explains: Every Video Format You Need to Know

Once upon time, video codecs and formats were really only the concern of AV nerds, anime freaks and hardcore not-so-legal movie downloaders. Now, even the most part-time of geeks has to deal with them, whether they're trying to stream a flick across their house with an Apple TV, dump some video onto their phone or… » 11/20/08 2:15pm 11/20/08 2:15pm

Starz Transitions to MPEG4 (For More HD)

Starz is upgrading their infrastructure, transitioning from their MPEG2 systems of old (old, fat DVD codec technology) to sweet MPEG4 (efficiently-packed video that can be scaled more easily to HD). So why am I telling you this? Well, it's totally geektastic knowledge and sometimes I can't help myself. And also, these… » 6/05/08 8:45am 6/05/08 8:45am

SanDisk Sansa TakeTV and Fanfare Video Service Beta Reviewed (Verdict:…

Over the weekend, Buy.com blabbed on SanDisk's Sansa TakeTV, formerly previewed as USB TV. Now available, the TakeTV mobile video player will cost $100 for 4GB and $150 for 8GB. Buy.com also mentioned the Fanfare video service, now in beta. It just so happens we got to play around with both, shoot some galleries and… » 10/22/07 3:00am 10/22/07 3:00am

New Toshiba HD DVD Recorders Also Write HD to Regular DVDs

Panasonic isn't the only one showing off high-def recording at CEATEC. Toshiba announced three new HD DVD recorders, including the new flagship Vardia RD-X7. All of them can convert MPEG-2 to AVCHD MPEG-4 on the fly, and can store high-def video on DVD-R (2 hrs) and single-layer HD DVD-R (6 hrs) discs. Pricing and… » 10/04/07 11:34am 10/04/07 11:34am

Onkyo VR-1000J MPEG-4 Recorder: Video Alchemy for Your PSP

Onkyo wants to make it easy for you to record video from a TV or any other video source onto an SD card with its VR-1000J MPEG-4 Recorder, magically turning it into that MPEG-4 format of the Sony PSP or many mobile phones. No PC required, just plug the video in and out comes the PSP-playable video at 30fps at 320x240… » 12/21/06 8:27am 12/21/06 8:27am

Archos Reveals Road Map, Includes 700 TV Portable PVR

Archos launched its 404, 504 and 604 players a month ago, and now here's a bit of information about its upcoming 700 TV model, a fine-looking porto-player that promises over-the-air digital television using the Freeview format. It's equipped with a 4.3-inch screen, WiFi, GPS and a cellular modem. Maybe all that… » 7/07/06 12:50pm 7/07/06 12:50pm